Villa and Rangers’ dispute over Rory Wilson has been settled after both sides delivered a compromise on the transfer.
The standoff had been destined to end up in the hands of FIFA to arbitrate but instead, mercifully, the player was not ‘dragged through the courts’ and a compromise was secured.
From what we understand, Rangers were due to lose him for just £200,000 had it gone to arbitration and had Villa won the case, where the club wanted something significantly over £500,000 for such a lucrative player.
As it turned out, Villa increased their ‘bid’ to £350,000 and Rangers deemed that acceptable and the player will now sign for Steven Gerrard’s men at long last.
In truth, Rangers wanted around £350,000 in the first place, but as is the case with bartering, you start higher than the number you want, in order to coax the bidder into the number you seek.
And it seems Rangers have secured that.
We didn’t need another messy tribunal to sort this one out, but we do wonder why moneybags Villa didn’t just pay what Rangers asked.
It’s not like the difference between £20M and £40M after all.